Augustin Stable’s Rainbow View, who looks to rebound from
an uncharacteristic fourth-place finish in the Grade III Modesty Handicap here
last month, has been pegged as the tepid 4-1 morning line favorite in a wide
open field of 10 turf favoring fillies and mares entered for Saturday’s Grade I
Beverly D. at Arlington Park.
The $750,000 race, sister race to the Grade I Arlington
Million, will be run at a distance of a mile and three-sixteenths on turf. In
addition to its lucrative purse, the Beverly D. offers the winner an automatic
starting position in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf under the
Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” format, with the winner of each of
the Challenge races automatically qualifying for the corresponding divisional
race in the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held at Churchill Downs
A daughter of the prolific turf sire Dynaformer, Rainbow
View is a seven-time winner in 15 starts over grass in four countries spanning
two continents. Trained by Jonathan Sheppard since the beginning of this
season, the 4-year-old filly sports a victory in the Grade III Gallorette at
Pimlico in May to go along with the fourth in the Modesty and a third-place run
in the Grade II Nassau Stakes at Woodbine Race Course near Toronto in June.
As a 3-year-old trained by John Gosden last year, she won
the Group I Matron Stakes at Ireland’s
Leopardstown before being sent to North America
where she ran second in the Grade I E. P. Taylor at Woodbine and then finished
fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita Park.
Rainbow View drew post 5 for the Beverly D. and will once
again team up with Eclipse Award winning jockey Julien Leparoux, who captured
the 2006 Beverly D. aboard Gorella.
Listed as the 9-2 second choice in the morning line,
Juddmonte Farms’ Treat Gently comes into the Beverly D. off back-to-back scores
in the Grade II Sheepshead Bay at Belmont
Park May 22 and the Grade III Robert
G. Dick Memorial Handicap at Delaware
Park July 17. The
5-year-old daughter of Cape
Cross, who will start
from post 9, is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott and ridden by
Hall of Fame reinsman Kent Desormeaux, who teamed to win last year’s Beverly D.
Éclair de Lune, runner-up in the Modesty in her last start,
could give Arlington
chairman Richard L. Duchossois a victory in the race named in memory of his
late wife. The Ron McAnally-trained daughter of Marchand de Sable has
shown improvement in each of her starts since being sent to North
America before the start of this season. The third choice in
the early odds at 5-1, the 4-year-old filly will employ the services of Arlington Park’s leading rider Junior Alvarado and
start from post 6.
Also pegged at 5-1 in the morning line is Three Chimneys
Racing and Lordship Stud’s Ave. The English-bred daughter of Danehill
Dancer is winless this year but has been competitive in all three of her starts
in 2010. The Roger Attfield-trained 4-year-old ran third, beaten only a
half-length by Rainbow View, in the Gallorette before finishing third in the
Grade II New York Stakes at Belmont Park in June. In her last start, she
was second beaten only a nose in the Grade II Dance Smartly at Woodbine July
18. Ramon Dominguez has the mount aboard Ave, who drew post 10.
Nelson McMakin’s Hot Cha Cha, third in the Modesty last
time out, burst upon the scene last September as a 3-year-old when she won the
Grade III Pucker Up Stakes over this course. The daughter of Cactus Ridge
went on to capture the Grade I Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Keeneland last
October and more recently scored a ¾-length victory in the Grade III Mint Julep
Handicap at Churchill Downs. The Philip Sims trainee, listed as 6-1 in
the morning line, drew post 2 and will again team with her regular rider James
Helen C. Alexander’s Acoma,
a David Carroll-trained daughter of Empire Maker, looks to rebound off a
fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade III Locust Grove at Churchill
Downs on July 3. A winner of four of seven turf starts, she drew post 3,
will be ridden by Jesus Castanon and has been installed at odds of 8-1.
Team Valor International & Green Lantern Stables’
Gypsy’s Warning, a South African-bred daughter of Mogok, won the Grade III
Eatontown at Monmouth
Park in May but ran fifth
in her most recent start, the Dance Smartly. Leaving from post 4, the
Graham Motion-trained mare will be ridden by European-based jockey William
Buick and is listed at 10-1 in the morning line.
Two European invaders – Michael Deegan’s Pachattack and
Marquesa de Moratalla’s Biased – are part of the line up for this year’s
A daughter of Pulpit, Pachattack has raced exclusively in Great Britain and comes to the Beverly D. off
back-to-back tallies in the listed EBF Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle on June 24 and the EBF Chalice
Stakes at Newbury on Aug. 1. The 4-year-old filly, listed at 8-1, will be
ridden by Kieren Fallon and will start from the rail.
Biased, an English-bred daughter of Haafhd, has spent her
entire career in France
where she has compiled a record of three wins from 12 starts with her most
recent victory coming at Longchamp in July. In her last start, the Mikel
Delzangles-trained 4-year-old finished third in the listed Prix de la Pepiniere
at Maisons-Laffitte. Leaving from post 7 at early odds of 20-1, Biased
will be ridden by Gregory Benoist.
Completing the field for the Beverly D. is Frank
Calabrese’s Romacaca. The locally based daughter of Running Stag returns
to her home course after posting a five-length victory in the $75,000
Firecracker Stakes at Mountaineer park in West Virginia. The 4-year-old Nick
Canani-trained filly is four for five over the Arlington turf course but has never traversed
the mile and three-sixteenths distance of the Beverly D. Listed at 20-1
in the morning line, she will be ridden Saturday by Michael Baze.